Gigi Bermingham (Director): Last year Gigi directed a critically acclaimed production of You Can’t Take It With You for classical theater company Antaeus, where she had previously staged Thin Man as well as several ClassicsFest presentations including It Can’t Happen Here. Gigi received the 2013 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Leading Actress in a Play for her
role as Maria Callas in Master Class at International City Theatre, Long Beach. She previously was the recipient of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Natalie Schafer Award as well as the Ovation Award for her solo comedy Non-Vital Organs. Locally some of her performances include Henry V at the Old Globe, The Heiress at Pasadena Playhouse, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at
Rubicon, Anne of Green Gables at MainStreet Theatre, Hermetically Sealed at Skylight Theatre, Cradle Will Rock at Blank Theatre, Cherry Orchard at Odyssey (New American Theatre), The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun for Playwrights’ Arena. Gigi is a member of Antaeus where she has performed in The Liar, Cabaret Noel, The Seagull, Tonight at 8:30, Mother Courage, Trial By Jury and Pera Palas (co-production with The Theatre @ Boston Court). TV includes: Scandal, Hart of Dixie, C.S.I., Days of Our Lives. FILM: Save the Date, Alex and Emma. Soon on the WEB: Kittens in a Cage.
Jeff Gardner (Sound Design): Jeff is a sound designer/actor and native of Los Angeles. He is a member of The Antaeus Company where he has designed The Crucible, You Can’t Take It With You and The Seagull. Other credits include Juno & The Paycock at The Odyssey Theatre, One November Yankee (w/ Harry Hamlin), The Red Room at the NoHo Arts Center, Phantoms Go Down at The Bootleg Theatre, Harbor (w/ Matthew Lillard) at The Victory Theatre, Deathtroupe (w/ Fred Willard) at the Grove Theatre and Death Of A Salesman for CCPA. Favorite work includes sound design for The Wives directed by the late Charles Nelson Reilly and his own one-man show, Kill Your Television for the Seattle Fringe and Hollywood Fringe Festival. Jeff can also be seen performing live sound effects at L.A. Theatre Works.
Cesar Retana-Holguin (Scenic Design): Cesar recently designed scenery for Brownand Out 3 and scenery and projections for Hungry Woman at CASA 0101 Theater. In 2004, he designed Blasting Holes Into the Night which premiered in Shanghai. Other work includes Prodigal Daughter and Jasmine at the Los Angeles Korean Consulate, Survivor at the Electric Theater, and the Persian Festival at the LA County Museum of Art. In Paris, France, he worked at the national Theater Amandiers and also worked on Fantoches which opened at the Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. He designed the world tour of Teatro de la Esperanza’s Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay by Dario Fo. He holds an MFA from UCLA and has been on the teaching faculties of the Claremont Colleges, CSU, Northridge, West Hills College, LA Trade Technical College, FIDM, SouthCoast Repertory, LA Southwest College, and LA Valley College.
Sherrie Lofton (Producer): has worked as a producer, director, actor, production manager and stage manager, company manager and general manager with numerous companies in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Seattle, Vancouver, London, Newcastle, Liverpool and Barcelona. Producing credits include: Driving Miss Daisy, Reunion in Bartersville, The Imaginary Life of the Street Sweeper August G., A Huey P. Newton Story and A House With No Walls. She is the resident director for the Cambridge Players. This is her second production with Sierra Madre Playhouse. Sherrie is proud to be a part of this production and congratulates the director, ensemble, crew and Sierra Madre Playhouse on a wonderful production.
Anna Cecelia Martín (Lighting Design): Anna received her MFA in Lighting Design at CalArts. She completed her undergrad at Wesleyan University with a concentration in lighting and acting. Anna is currently an Architainment lighting designer for CD+M lighting design firm. Recently Anna designed a theme park for the Thinkwell Group. This year Anna designed Our Class for the Son of Semele Ensemble, Thirteen Springs for the Moving Art Collective, Company for the Crown City Theater, Mindspin for Ugly Rhino, and It Came from the _____ for Theater Mab. Anna’s CalArts designs include Purgatory in Inglostadt, Prosper Springs, Life is a Dream, Cherry Jam, and The Opening Ceremony to the Wild Beast. She recently designed Cloud 9 with the Moving Art Collective in Belgium. Anna toured with Look What I Don’t Understand to Armenia, New York, Chicago and LA. She also assisted on Broadway for Don Holder on Arcadia. Check out her work at www.annaceceliamartin.com
Rachel Berney Needleman (Asst. Director / Dramturg): is pleased to return to Sierra Madre Playhouse after assistant directing Ruddigore last year under director Eugene Hutchins. Most recently, she was the assistant director on Antaeus Company’s The Liar under Casey Stangl. Other assistant director credits include A Little Night Music with Independent Opera Company, where she has served as Production Manager, and Carmen and The Magic Flute with Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera. She has also worked at A Noise Within and Once Upon an Opera. Rachel trained at Shakespeare’s Globe (London), Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford), the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Washington University in St. Louis.
Naila Aladdin Sanders (Costume Design): Some credits include Neighbors, for the Matrix Theatre; The Normal Heart, In the Red & Brown Water, The Blue Iris, A House Not Meant to Stand, The Ballad of Emmett Till, Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Daisy & the Dreamtime, The Scottsboro Boys, Maria Callas & the Masterclass, and Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill
for the Fountain Theatre; The Color Purple, The Women of Brewster Place, the Musical , and Bash’d; the Gay Opera, for the Celebration Theatre; The ManyMistresses of Martin Luther King for Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Good Bobby for the Greenway Court Alliance and the 59th Street Theatre in NY. This past spring she designed the costumes for HAIR: the Musical at Cal State
LA. Naila also designed the costumes for The Road Weeps and the Well Runs Dry for The Latino Theatre Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, and Ana Lucasta, Bronzeville, The River Niger, Transitions, A House With No Walls, Permanent Collection, as well as all three parts of The Haitian Trilogy for TheRobey Theatre Co.
Maiya Sykes (Properties) a Yale graduate with an extensive background in music. She is currently the lead singer of the band, The Endangered. She has been a featured vocalist with Macy Gray for 6 years. Having grown up in the theatre, Maiya is excited to assist the cast of An Ideal Husband with their props because it reminds her of a happily creative childhood. She has been the prop mistress for productions at The Ivar Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center and The Globe. She is thankful to the cast and crew for having her aboard. She gives special thanks to the producer, Sherrie Lofton, who also happens to be her wonderful mother.
Kimberly Weber (Production Stage Manager) is a college graduate with a BA in Theatre Technology from Chapman University. She was the Production Stage Manager for the CLASSICSFEST 2012, Cabaret Noel and the ovation nominated production of The Crucible this past summer at Antaeus. She just closed the new and exciting production of A PERFECT LIKENESS at The Fremont Centre in South Pasadena. She has also worked as the Production Stage Manager at The Actor’s Co-op with the world premiere of The World Goes ‘Round and To Be Young Gifted And Black. This is her first show as Production Stage Manager at Sierra Madre Playhouse and she could not be more proud of the show, cast and production team. She is very proud of the cast and crew for their hard work. She sends her love to her family and friends for always supporting her. Please enjoy the show!
Ben Womick (Technical Director): Ben hails from South Carolina via an MFA in technical direction and project management from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia where his work included: 2012 Timboctou (US and Mexico Tour TD), 2011 Desire Under The Elms (TD), 2011 Measure For Measure (TD), 2010 Dancing Behind My Eyelids (TD), 2010 The Lazarus Project (TD). In 2011 he served as the Festival TD for the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival. For the past two years, Ben has been the Technical Manager of Entertainment-Production at Universal Studios Hollywood where he oversaw projects for the theme park such as Halloween Horror Nights’ stage show, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure, and the annual Grinchmas event.